The History and Legacy of the British Empire – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Course Leader(s)
Day of Week: Thursday
Course Length: 5 weeks
Starting: 10/26/2023
Ending: 11/30/2023
Period of Day: Period 1 Zoom
Time: 9:30 - 11:00
Course Fee: $50

Course Description:

Has watching or just hearing about King Charles’ coronation made you want to learn more about the British empire? It lasted for about 300 years and collapsed in our lifetime. It was a global enterprise that spanned cultures and countries around the world, controlling a quarter of the world’s land area. Its legacy for good and for bad affects us to this day and will probably remain with us for a long time to come. In our class we will try to trace its humble but cruel beginnings and follow it all over the world. It’s a fascinating journey through time and space that will broaden our knowledge of history as well as geography and culture.  The class will be a lecture, with discussions encouraged.  Participants will be given weekly articles and videos to watch and read.  Weekly preparation time will vary, but will never be more than two hours.

Books and Other Resources:


Participants will be given weekly articles and videos to read and watch.

Ferguson, Niall. Empire, Basic Books, 2003. Not required but highly recommended.

Course Leader Bio(s)

Margalit Lai

I have given several courses over the years at LLAIC and found that history is my real niche. My last course was about Russia’s history. It led me to want to explore the British empire and find out why it’s so different from the Russian empire.